In March 2015 the French department was awarded a bursary to support its link with the college Louise Michel in Ganges, South of France. The bursary was focused on World War 1 and aimed to get the students to research the Great War and to think critically about its implications for life today together with their French partners. Part of the project was to visit France and our partner school. This was especially exciting as although our partnership is longstanding, we had never been able to visit our partners before.
As well as a visit from our French partners, students undertook the following activities:
• A History lesson with Mr Watt about the key issues in WW1 and how the Trenches developed.
• An investigation into how the students’ family might have been affected by World War 1.
• A visit to the Tank Museum to investigate life in the trenches and how the tanks changed the outcome of World War 1.
• The importance our local area played in developing these tanks.
• A practical French and Science lesson about Mustard Gaz led in French by Mr Stradling.
• Some World War 1 French Literature.
As a result of our project we contributed with our French partners to a bilingual alphabet on World War one, which can be found below. We also presented our findings to our whole school during a bilingual French assembly which you can watch underneath.
And most importantly, we finally visited our partner school in France! We understood each other better as a result and discovered how different our cultures are and how they can enrich one another. We are now planning the next steps in our partnership.